Loloma Weir, 92, of Buderim, Australia, had never seen the life-changing letter her husband wrote to her parents, asking them for permission to marry their daughter. More than 70 years later, she read it for the first time (video below).
“I sincerely hope that this request is the first and last of its kind to be put before you,” Stuart Weir wrote in the opening line.
The letter was written by hand in 1943, a year before Stuart and Loloma tied the knot. In it, Stuart credits the military with teaching him to “never make major decisions without making an appreciation.”
“Your youngest daughter, Loloma, has captivated my heart to such an extent that I have no alternative but to request her hand in matrimony,” Stuart wrote.
Decades later, the letter was found in the pages of a Bible by a customer in a used bookstore. The customer tracked down the author through the Buderim Foundation, of which Stuart had been a member.
The foundation’s president, Simon Whittle, then traced the letter back to the Weir family.
Reading it for the first time, Loloma recalled when she and Stuart got engaged.
“I knew that he was keen to marry me, but no, he didn’t make any formal approach until after he had written to my parents,” she told Daily Mail. “I was terribly excited that he had proposed that way: through my parents.”
Loloma said she was proud of her husband’s achievements.
“Stuart has been recognized as the only officer to have commanded troops in combat in four wars,” she said. “He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in Papua New Guinea in World War II and the Distinguished Service Order for his action in the Vietnam War.”
The couple moved to Buderim, Australia, in 1977, where Stuart made contributions to the local community by leading walking tours.
The letter reads:
9 June 1943
Reverend and Mrs Green,
I sincerely hope that this request is the first and last of its kind to be put before you.
Your youngest daughter, Loloma, has captivated my heart to such an extent that I have no alternative but to request her hand in matrimony.
My army career has taught me never to make major decisions without making an appreciation.
The pros and cons in this instance have received my earnest attention for many months now.
It is not as if I don't know the Green family but that no plans can be made by either party concerned until your approval is given.
Both Loloma and myself desire that the marriage take place during my next appearance in Melbourne.
I shall be anxiously awaiting your reply.
Very sincerely yours
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